World No. 2 Carolina Marin continued with her sensational season as she captured her second Superseries Premier title in a row at the Malaysia Open. It was the All England Open four weeks back where the Spaniard first tasted a Superseries victory and now she has done it once again!
Carolina Marin wins rematch of World Championships final
In a re-match of the 2014 World Championships final, Marin once again reigned supreme in a thrilling three-game clash against the former World No. 1 Li Xuerui. The Spanish badminton queen beat the Chinese star 19-21, 21-19, 21-17 in 71 minutes.
“After winning the All-England, my confidence has soared and I am happy to have won this, because I knew how hard a tournament like this can be. I feel I am at the top of my game at the moment,” said the confident Carolina Marin.
Chen Long wins men’s singles title
In men’s singles, it was an all-Chinese battle for the Malaysia Open crown. The current top-ranked player Chen Long had never beaten his illustrious compatriot Lin Dan before the 2015 All England Open and now he has done it twice in a row.
Long posted just his second victory over the two-time Olympic champion in 9 matches as Lin faded away after a brilliant start. The five-time World Champion held the upper hand in an attacking display of badminton in the first game but could not sustain the level as Long punished him with gruelling rallies from thereon. The result was a 20-22, 21-13, 21-11 triumph and a maiden Malaysia Open title for Chen Long in 78 minutes.
In men’s doubles there was an upset as the fourth-seeded Indonesian pair of Mohammad Ahsan/Hendra Setiawan beat the top-seeded Koreans Lee Yong Dae/Yoo Yeon Seong 14-21, 21-15, 23-21.
In women’s doubles, the third-seeded Chinese pair of Luo Ying/Luo Yu emerged victorious. They defeated the Korean duo of Chang Ye Na/Jung Kyung Eun 21-18, 21-9.
The mixed doubles title was clinched by the top-seeded Chinese Zhang Nan/Zhao Yunlei. They beat compatriots Xu Chen/Ma Jin 21-16, 21-14.
Saina Nehwal was the best Indian performer
Saina Nehwal was the best Indian performer as she reached the semis. The World No. 1 lost a tough encounter to her nemesis Li Xuerui 13-21, 21-17, 22-20 that will see her conceding the top rank to the Chinese this week.
In men’s singles, Kidambi Srikanth, Parupalli Kashyap and HS Prannoy all exited in the second round. In doubles, the women’s doubles duo of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa too crashed out in Round 2.